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THOMAS ARMSTRONG

(CONCRETE BLOCKS)

LTD

We are Part of the Thomas Armstrong Group

Concrete Block Strength

All of the products in our range are suitable for use in meeting the UK structural Building Regulations and codes currently in use:

  • Approved Document A of the Building Regulations
  • BS 5628 (Code of Practice for Use of Masonry)
  • BS EN 1996-1 (aka “Eurocode 6”)
  • BS 8103 (Structural Design of Low-Rise Buildings)
  • Selecting block strength to storey height

    The following rules of thumb for selecting block strength to storey height is taken from Approved Document A of the Building Regulations England & Wales:

     

    Notes

    1. If HS is not greater than 2.7m, the compressive strength of bricks or blocks should be used as indicated in the ‘key’ table above.
    2. If HS is greater than 2.7m, the compressive strength of bricks or blocks used in the wall should be at least Condition B, or as indicated by the key, whichever is the greater.
    3. If the external wall is solid construction, the masonry units should have a compressive strength of at least that shown for the internal leaf of a cavity wall in the same position.
    4. The guidance given in the diagram for walls for 2 & 3 storey buildings should only be used to determine the compressive strength of masonry units where the roof construction is of timber.
    5. The 'Conditions' table indicates the minimum block strength required. That is, where a 2.9N/mm2 block is indicated, a 3.6N/mm2, 4.2N/mm2 etc block would be perfectly suitable.
  • Characteristic Compressive Strength, fk

    (of selected aggregate block types, 440mm long x 215mm high)

    Mean Compressive strength of block, N/mm²

    Block Size

    3.6

    7.3

    10.4

    15.0

    17.5

    22.5

    Solid (Group 1) blocks using designation III (M4) mortar

    100mm

    3.5

    5.7

    7.4

    9.5

    10.6

    12.6

    140mm

    3.4

    5.5

    7.0

    9.1

    10.1

    12.1

    215mm

    3.1

    5.1

    6.5

    8.4

    9.4

    11.2

    Cellular or Hollow (Group 2) blocks using designation iii (M4) mortar

    140mm

    3.1

    5.1

    6.6

    -

    -

    -

     215mm

    2.9

    4.7

    6.1

    -

    -

    -

    Blocks Laid Flat using designation iii (M4) mortar

    100mm

    2.4

    3.9

    5.0

    6.4

    7.1

    8.5

  • Other Physical Properties of our blocks (all types)

    Physical Property

     

    Modulus of Elasticity (E)

    E = (-520 + 4.7pdry) ± 500 N/mm² where p is the block dry density

    Coefficient of linear expansion

    8 x 10-6 K

    Specific Heat Capacity

    1.05 kJ / kg / K

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